2016: Page 178

While I’m doing fairly well at finding times throughout each week to rest and relax, page 178 was a reminder that I’ve recently slid back into a routine of working 7 days a week.  While I did make it home from work before midnight Saturday, my Sunday began with a time of unwinding before I headed to bed to get some sleep.  Page 178 was a Sunday, so it was off to church for Sunday School and worship with my church family.  The HVAC system is still giving me fits so I had to spend some time between Sunday School and worship working on the controls in an attempt to keep the building as comfortable as possible on a hot, humid morning.

After lunch I rested a bit and played some Wii sports to relax before settling in to do some writing.  With a lot to get done in the next few weeks and a growing list of unplanned tasks needing done, I started my Monday morning routine today by writing the prayer guide for next week.  As I spent time with God this afternoon, I settled on the topic of satisfied for the next prayer guide.  Many times we buy into the world’s definition of what it takes to live a satisfied life.  When we do that, it isn’t long before we begin to believe true satisfaction is simply unattainable.  The things that we value in others soon become the things by which we define our own value.  If we do not constantly guard against the schemes of our enemy, we find our true value being stolen.  We can find true satisfaction and value when we look to God as the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  When we measure our worth in comparison to what others do or have, we short-change ourselves having the full satisfaction that come from simply being obedient and faithful with what God desires.  God has created each of us with unique gifts and abilities that He desires for us to use for His glory and for the benefit of others.  My doing that with what He has given me will look different from you doing that with what He has given you.

As I put together the next prayer guide and thought about this topic of satisfaction, a photo I took at the zoo yesterday came to mind.  In it, a chipmunk is seen with a huge hunk of carrot that he is taking from the prairie dog exhibit.  Falling into the comparison trap is one way we allow the rodents of life to come and steal the joy that should be ours.  Much of the time, the satisfaction level I feel in life isn’t usually diminished by large events but more often by small thieves that rob little bits of joy throughout the day.  When a little bit at a time is taken, it often goes unnoticed until over time the loss has added up to a level that never would have been allowed if it had happened all at once.

I pray that you and I would always find times to rest, even in the busy seasons of life.  I pray that we would allow God to define our value as His child.  I pray that we  would know a life of satisfaction through a simple practice of obedience and faithfulness.  I pray that we would be on guard against the “rodents” that pick away at the joy and satisfaction that God desires for us to have through His Spirit.  

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